Here for your delectation is the SPECTACULAR & RARE---------------------READER'S DIGEST CONDENSED BOOKS VOLUME 3: 1956--SUMMER SELECTIONS.
Old Yeller - Fred Gipson
Harry Black - David Walker
The Greer Case - David W. Peck
A Thing of Beauty - A.J. Cronin
A Single Pebble - John Hersey
PLUS----there are L-O-A-D-S of illustrations!!
DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace began publishing the Reader's Digest magazine in 1921. In the spring of 1950 their Reader's Digest Association launched the Reader's Digest Condensed Books direct-mail subscription series. More than 213 volumes have been published, as well as many other series and sets of condensed books. The Condensed Books series holds a unique and ubiquitous book publishing franchise that has vanquished all competitors. Like many other franchises, the Condensed Books are sold directly to the consumer, have a consistent and standardized format and quality, are mass-marketed, heavily promoted, and a popular product.
The Reader's Digest Condensed Books were a series of hardcover anthology collections, published by Reader's Digest and distributed via direct mail. Each volume contained several current best-selling novels (or, occasionally, nonfiction books) edited down (or "condensed") to accommodate the anthology format. Originally published four times a year, the books gradually increased to a bi-monthly schedule by the early 1990s.
The series ran for over 47 years, before being reintroduced under the name Reader's Digest Select Editions. The concept became sufficiently familiar to the American public that the phrase "Just give me the Reader's Digest Condensed version" (or simply "...the Reader's Digest version") entered the lexicon as a way to ask someone to use less detail and be more focused when telling an anecdote or explaining a point.
This is the hardcover stated Reader's Digest First Edition from 1956. Both the cover and the book are in excellent condition. There are no rips, tears, markings, etc.---and the pages and binding are tight (see photo). **Note: All books listed as FIRST EDITIONS are stated by the publisher in words or number lines--or--only stated editions that include only the publisher and publication date. Check my feedback to see that I sell exactly as I describe. So bid now for this magnificent, impossible-to-find LITERARY COLLECTIBLE.
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